Reviewed January 11th, 2000 by Staff
Tim Robbins explodes on the screen in this masterpiece of a movie. Tim Robbins plays Andy Dufresne, a banker who is wrongfully accused of killing his wife and her lover. Andy is sent to Shawshank prison and he must adapt to prison life over the course of many years. Andy uses his intelligence to befriend the guards, fight off rapists and do what he can to pass all the years that go by.
While in prison, Andy befriends Red who is played by Morgan Freeman who also does a very fine acting job. Bob Gunton who plays Warden Norton rounds out the top cast.
Without giving too much of the plot away, Andy must survive and that is what the movie boils down to.
This movie will keep you entertained from beginning to end. It is adapted from a Stephen King short story (even though you would never know it). The ending is beautifully done and is quite unforgettable.
The video is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and is beautiful. The image is near perfect. Thanks go out to Warner for taking the time to make a new master for the film. Color, detail and black levels are near perfect.
The audio is presented in DD 5.1 and does a wonderful job. A 2.0 French track is also included on the disc. The score and dialogue seem clear and even the bass level seems perfect. Surrounds are used some, but are a bit underused.
The DVD community has been waiting for this one – and it was hoped that it would have extensive extras, but at least we got it on DVD, right? Extras do include some production stills, a trailer and some information on the cast and crew.
Overall this is a great job coming from Warner and nicely priced at around $20.00. The movie is rated R and runs 142 minutes. Highly recommended.
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